Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in North Carolina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 days ago

My wife and I hiked with our 5, 10, 12 year olds. A little muddy will all the rain we had lately, but Perfect distance for the little legs and the view was stunning! $3 to park. So enjoyed the peacefulness and seeing God’s amazing creation!

Loved this section of the AT! So beautiful. Took my girls (age 7 & 10) backpacking for the weekend and this was great for them as well. They are pretty tough kiddos and did great. We stayed at the Mountain Harbour B&B, and after an awesome, huge breakfast, we were shuttled to Carvers Gap and started our hike back to 19E. Big Bald was intense but we loved every minute of it. This is defiantly a section I would love to repeat.

I did this hike in October with my dog. it was in the 40's and very windy, there was still a little ice on higher elevations so I'm glad I had his boots to tgo on him. It's one of the best hikes I've done as far as scenic views and lesser difficulty. It can get crowded with other day hikers but be selective in the day of week you go and that will help.
I loved this hike and will do it again, with my dog of course.

only 4 stars because of the number of day hikers.

Highly recommend. Beautiful 360 degree views. Areas of open fields with wildflowers. Areas for camping/shelter and water sources. Would make for a great hike in, overnight stay. It rained on us all day which made for some very wet terrain. Even areas of standing water. Difficult at times but never a regret.

beautiful, even when it's a torrential downpour.

This hike will make you feel alive again!!

22 days ago

Pretty easy going hike! There’s bathrooms and water fountains at the parking lot of the trail head.

22 days ago

We loved this hike! It cost $3 to get to the top but there are bathrooms located just outside the entrance to the trail. It was a fairly easy hike and the views are by far some of the best we’ve seen on our trip. Be sure to add this one to your list!

The trail markings were excellent and so was trail condition (some thinning was needed and was being done). We went out in the fog, we hit all the balds, but visibility was next to nothing. Not the hikes fault, all Mother Nature. We started at Carvers Gap and went to Yellow Mountain Gap (the barn camping area). We tented in the field with a few other hikers. Best tent area I have been to in a while. Water was nearby, but don’t forget your filter, you have to get it out of a creek. The hike out the next day was spectacular! Very little clouds. We even crossed paths with a very large and curious black bear.

One of the best backpacking trips I’ve done. We chose the campsite on the top of Big Hump, and although it got super windy at one point and we were clouded in most of the time that night, we woke up in the morning to clear skies and a spectacular view of the mountains in every direction, and it was so worth the trek up there.

beautiful regardless of weather. it's similar to Pacific northwest. very easy even for someone out if shape and obese like me.

My first time backpacking with my ASU class and had a great experience! And the sunset from the top of the little hump was so beautiful!

Easy, wide open hike. Horses walk this trail frequently. Part of the trial is being worked on and “closed” but you can still navigate around.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

At the end of the trail is a platform looking primarily north with a 180 degree view. Composition is the “endless mountains” with many ridge lines fading to infinity. The only thing missing is a strong foreground element although there are some nice rocks to the left Please see my photos to judge if the composition is something you like.

I’m not sure if it’s a good sunset location and hope to visit another time to evaluate.

Great balds with fantastic views. The most beautiful place I have been so far.

Absolutely beautiful! Will repeat again soon.

Busy on a summer Saturday.

one of the most beautiful backpacking trips ever!

1 month ago

Trail lived up to its name. Because, it was entirely in the clouds. Was a super easy hike. Some parts had asphalt. Your walk is rewarded at the end by an amazing lookout. Along the way you’ll experience some very unique flora and fauna. Parking and trail access is excellent. It was a Monday morning and we had the trail to ourselves. There is an overlook right after start of trail to the right that is a short walk and nice view.

Great 360 degree views from the balds. Three unique surroundings- balds, thick wooded areas, and old forest.

Best hike I've ever done in 40 plus years of being alive.
Time this hike around rhododendron and azalea season in mid June and you'll say the same thing. From the start at Carver's Gap, the AT wastes little time in the WOW factor as the trail ascends the incredible Round Bald which is a haven for Catawba Rhodo's and azaleas. After a brief dip at Engine Gap, the AT ascends the smaller ,but equally beautiful Jane Bald. By the time you reach Grassy Ridge Bald your senses will be in overdrive.

After a section through wooded areas, the AT comes near the Overmountain Shelter, which is a must to check out, then a steep ascent Yellow Mountain, and then the grand finale-the awesome ascent up Little Hump and Big Hump mountains. Both are vast balds that have awesome, grand views from the top. The AT, after the Humps, descends the Roans down to Doll Flats through a knee shredder of steep rock steps and rooty surfaces.

It's just an epic hike that we plan on doing every June, and probably October. Wonderful views of Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain and countless other peaks and ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This trail was filled with treasures! From the wildflowers to the 360 view, loved it!

Easy with a couple beautiful look outs!

Hiked this section with my son two days ago. Challenging weather and conditions at times but well worth the unparalleled views from the grassy balds when the clouds disappeared. Be prepared as the weather can change in an instant and there is no cover on the balds if you are caught there. Shuttled from Mountain Harbor and would highly recommend this as part of your logistics if hiking point to point. Overall awesome and I will be back again sometime hoping for more consistent sun and perhaps when the rhododendrons are in bloom!

2 months ago

the trailhead for the full hike was difficult to find. parts of the trail are included in the high bluff trail, which basically walks along the road. the overlook is breathtaking though. it's a short hike but a really nice view.

Amazing section of the AT. Spent the night at Overmountain shelter with 20 thru hikers. awesome experience, rained the entire time and never saw a view.

Awesome trip, shuttled up to carvers gap and hiked back to the hostel. plan 15-17 actual miles if you are going to explore, check out the red barn, etc. makes a great overnight.

One of my favorite places. A beautiful hike for all seasons.

Nice hike on a beautiful Wednesday. We saw the bridge across Boone Forks a few weeks back so decided to try coming at the falls by a different route. Took Rich Mountain trail to the MST down to Hebron Falls. Nice hike but all uphill on the way back. Makes for a good workout

Definitely an amazing trail. Well worth going to. It had beautiful sunsets and amazing view because there were very few trees. It was an amazing place to bring a drone or backpack. Just has ridges that go on for miles and allow for good areas to have camp and fire pits in the rocks while besides it in a tent on soft grasses. Awesome place.

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